Court dismisses complaint against Medtronic over Fidelis leads Reply

A US District Court has dismissed a case against Medtronic over the Fidelis lead failures. The decision follows the significant precedent-setting Supreme Court decision last year in Riegel v Medtronic.

You can read the Wall Street Journal story or the Medtronic press release by clicking below.

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Has COURAGE been vindicated? Reply

The ACC, the AHA, and a whole alphabet soup worth of other cardiovascular organizations (SCAI, STS, AATS, ASNC, ASE, HFSA SCCT) have published (or in some cases just endorsed) a report, called the ACCF/SCAI/STS/AATS/AHA/ASNC 2009 Appropriateness Criteria for Coronary Revascularization. The report  will probably provide comfort to those who were big supporters of COURAGE. I’m guessing this will only initiate a new round of debate. It seems unlikely that there will be a widespread breakout of peace over this issue in 2009.

You can read a Dow Jones news story about the report.

Stent pioneer digs a tunnel 1

A feature story in the Wall Street Journal details the saga of stent pioneer Julio Palmaz and his wife in building a 100,000 square foot underground tunnel for their vineyard in Napa Valley. Palmaz told Journal reporter  Christina Duff that he and his wife had visited Napa Valley while he was a resident at UC-Davis  and had pledged: “‘Some day, we’ll make a little bit of money and we’ll come back here.'” After Palmaz and his backers sold their stent patent to J&J for $500 million they were able to fulfill their pledge. Their dream, however, was a nightmare for some of their neighbors, one of whom complained that the work on the tunnel left the property looking like Apocalypse Now.”
The complete story is available at the WSJ:  A Family’s Adventures Underground
And, if you want to see how the other half lives, you can visit the Palmaz Vineyard website.